Two of the nine House centrists who demanded Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) bring the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill to the floor by Monday are now publicly promising to vote for the separate $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, Axios has learned.
Why it matters: By explicitly announcing their support for a big package targeting climate change and expanding the social safety net, Reps. Vicente Gonzalez (D-Texas) and Filemon Vela (D-Texas) are trying to convince progressives to vote for the infrastructure bill this week.
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Nonetheless, the two lawmakers also make it clear the House needs to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill as soon as possible.
"We support swift passage of the president's $3.5 trillion reconciliation package," they write in a joint statement obtained by Axios. "The bipartisan infrastructure framework would, on average, deliver $1.2 billion per congressional district."
"However, the idea that denying passage of the Senate's Bipartisan Infrastructure bill [BIF] somehow exercises 'leverage' over some of our more fiscally conservative members is wholly misguided."
Between the lines: It's unclear how many of the nine centrists who forced Pelosi to schedule the vote by Sept. 27 are actually on board for a big spending bill.
On Friday night, five of them - Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Ed Case (D-Hawaii), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Jared Golden (D-Maine) and Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-Ga.) - met with the speaker.
Some of them have indicated privately and publicly they're opposed to a $3.5 trillion price tag.
Gottheimer, the group's leader, insists the Senate must move first and establish the bill's price tag, which can then be considered by the House: "Whatever we can get 51 in the Senate on, which we will, we will get done and it'll be coming into law," Gottheimer told NPR on Saturday.
Driving the news: Progressive lawmakers are still threatening to tank the bipartisan bill if the outlines of a reconciliation package aren't agreed to in the House and Senate - and insist they have the votes to kill the bipartisan package.
"I don't believe there is going to be a vote," Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "The votes aren't there."
The big picture: House leaders promised all last week they will hold a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure package on Monday or Tuesday.
Pelosi left open the possibility of reneging on her deal with the centrists.
"We will bring the bill to the floor [Monday] for consideration," she said on ABC's "This Week." "I'm never bringing a bill to the floor that doesn't have the votes."
"You cannot choose the date. You have to go when you have the votes, in a reasonable time," Pelosi also said. "It's an eventful week."
What's next: Pelosi will convene the House Democratic caucus at 5:30 p.m. ET Monday to make her case before the vote.